Monday, July 5, 2010

The Weekend We Adopted a Pig & Ate Lots of Raw Food

I hope you all had a great holiday weekend. We managed to squeeze quite a lot of park time with Bella and socializing into our schedules, when we weren't at home trying to escape this stifling, oppressive heat that is otherwise known as summertime in NY.

On Saturday we stopped by the Farm Sanctuary Potluck "Pignic" in Central Park. In addition to adopting a pig named Stacey, who is located at the CA shelter, we got to eat lots of yummy vegan food, and made some new friends too. I made the Swiss Chard Tofu Quiche and Edamame Succotash Salad. I really love that Tofu Quiche recipe, but I have to confess that this wasn't my best version of it. I think I probably should have cooked it a little longer, but hey, at least there aren't undercooked salmonella-ridden eggs in there! The quiche disappeared very quickly, so hopefully that's a sign that it wasn't too bad. The Edamame Succotash, on the other hand, I was very happy with. It's a simple, colorful salad that is delicious and perfect for barbecues and picnics. I followed the recipe but added a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar at the end.

Swiss Chard Tofu Quiche. Not my best version of this.

Edamame Succotash Salad. Fresh corn, edamame, tomatoes, onion, and fresh basil. Perfect summertime salad.

Serving #1 at the Farm Sanctuary Potluck Pignic. I went back for 2nds and 3rds...

Vegan photographer extraordinaire (also my handsome husband) Anthony Two Moons enjoying the picnic

Me, with a lemon soda

Look at all that vegan food!

Many lovely vegans picnicking

Our actual 4th was fairly laid-back. Instead of doing the usual barbecue thing, we actually celebrated with a dear friend from Lebanon who just got his American citizenship. What better day to celebrate such an event, right? So instead of barbecue and baked beans, we had a lot of hummus, baba ganoush, tabouli salad, pickled vegetables, and spinach pies that they very considerately made for us without any cheese. We could see the Macy's fireworks display from their balcony, but from a distance. It was a lovely evening with a many warm friends.

And today, we enjoyed our day off from work by treating ourselves to lunch at the renowned raw food restaurant Pure Food & Wine. Pure Food is definitely one of our favorite places in the city (or anywhere) for dinner, and we were thrilled to hear that they recently began serving lunch too. Unfortunately, the lunch menu is only slightly less expensive than the dinner menu, but everything is so good there and it's entirely worth the occasional splurge. What they do with raw food will blow your mind.

We started off with some guacamole and chips. The chips are dehydrated (I didn't write it down so I can't remember what they're made of) and were really flavorful, with lime-chili seasoning. Guacamole is pretty hard to get wrong, and of course their version was perfect.

We met our friend Leanne for lunch, so the three of us shared our different entrees. I ordered the taco salad, which had taco "meat" (nut-based) crumbles and came with sides of guacamole, tomatoes, and some nut-based "sour cream." It might look like it's just a big salad, but it was loaded with flavor and so filling that I ended up bringing a good bit of it home, even after all three of us picked at it.

Anthony ordered their famous zucchini and tomato lasagna. This dish is simply amazing. It has a basil pistachio pesto, sun-dried tomato sauce, and macadamia pumpkin seed ricotta. Such a vegan good thing.

And we also shared the "tuna" salad sandwich. Again, I should have taken notes because I can't remember what this was made of, but it was also very flavorful without tasting too fishy, like some mock tuna salads can be. The caper berries on top were a nice touch too.

But the piece de resistance, and ok, my ulterior motive for planning a visit to Pure Food in the first place, was this...behold, the Pure Food Classic Sundae:

Vanilla and chocolate ice creams, chocolate sauce, cherry framboise sauce, candied sliced almonds, vanilla cream, and sliced banana. This. Sundae. Is. The. Best. Thing. Ever. And it's all raw!

If you're ever in New York, your trip won't be complete without a stop by Pure Food. It will put a dent in your wallet, but if you can get only one thing - get this sundae! We definitely felt like we were on holiday, sitting on their beautiful backyard patio, enjoying this incredible food.


  1. WOw, more wow! I am so glad you posted pics of your lunch at Pure Food and Wine. Looks fantastic. I do not blame you! That dessert looks exquisite.

  2. Oh, let's swap! I go to your favourite restaurant and you to mine. The lasagna looks amazing.The tuna sandwich sounds really great, too. And I think quiche is the best potluck food!

  3. Thank you so much!! All the food...especially the quiche look gorgeous.